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Your Tropical Haven Away from Home W/ Pool & Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

One 2-bedroom house, 1 suite with a kitchen, + some more rooms with a bathroom

You will be treated as a Blessing at Casa de Megumi with friendly greetings and all the help you need for your vacation.

Megumi is a Japanese word, which means blessing, abundance, and grace; that is how you will be treated here.

Remodeling inside and out of all three rental units (a house called Casa de Lantana, a self-contained condo-style suite called Orchid Room Suite, and a room with a full bathroom called Buena Vista) has just been completed by the new owner.

Casa de Lantana is surrounded by gardens and has a large roofed patio where you can eat, work, and take a nap in a hammock. A different way of life and being! Pura vida!

Orchid Room Suite also has a roofed patio, located right next to the pool, surrounded by tropical gardens and mature trees. Seeing beautiful night lights over the pool with a glass of wine in your hand at the terrace can be very romantic.

Our vacation rentals are located in a 6 acre property filled with various kinds of tropical flowers, plants, and mature trees. You will be able to watch more than 50 kinds of birds, animals, and soul-touching far-away ocean views and sunsets from the office in Casa Grande.

You will be staying at a completely fenced and gated property for your privacy and security. Our pool is always sparkling clear and well maintained for your enjoyment. And, you can park your car in a large parking lot saved for our guests.

Friendly housekeeping, maid services, laundry services, authentic Costa-Rican food, massage therapies, and professional coaching sessions are available with advance requests.

We understand how important high-speed Internet or WiFi is to our guests. Thus, it is offered to our guests as a complimentary service in all rental units: inside and outside of the units as well as at the pool side. Your desire to be connected with your loved ones and your business is understood and respected in our place.

For your adventures, various kinds of tours can be arranged: volcanoes, hot springs, beaches, canopy tours, white-water rafting, butterfly gardens, orchid gardens, coffee plantations, hiking, Cloud Forest, famous churches, flea markets, museums, San Jose, Escazu, and other tourist spots.

We are only 3 miles from Atenas, which has many restaurants, supermarkets, medical and dental offices, banks, the post office, and many other places you need for ordinary living. We also have a guest house at downtown Atenas for those guests whose primary focus is convenience.

Atenas has many retirees from the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is known to have a very active, supportive expat community which is not found elsewhere.

Many of our guests are retirees, young parents with young to school-age children, and some others are location-independent professionals who work online from our place. We understand both their needs.

If you are looking for a laid-back, relaxing, affordable and beautiful accommodation for your adventurous vacation or for your online professional work in Costa Rica, yes, you are at the right place!

Welcome Home at Casa de Megumi, where you will be treated as a BLESSING!

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More Details

Hisano Bell
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Japanese, basic Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 5, 2018

About Hisano Bell

What I want to create here in this world is to do the best I can, no matter what I do, to make a difference in the hearts of people I come to contact with. I believe that every one of us is a blessing, a special being, with special gifts to give and receive. That is how I meet and serve all our guests, friends, and family. It is my sincere hope to meet as many blessings as possible in this life time. Hisano Bell

Hisano Bell purchased this house in 2008

Why Hisano Bell chose Atenas

Because of the world's best climate and beautiful sunset scenery from Casa Grande in a 6-acre lot, in a very friendly Tico neighborhood. This was exactly what we wanted, after having traveled to many places in Costa Rica. This is one of the most beautiful, friendliest, and safest places we have been to and at the same time it is close to all major facilities we may need, such as the major airport, good medical facilities and international malls, especially since we now have a new highway directly to San Jose and Escazu in only 25 minute driving or to the beaches on the Pacific Coast.

What makes this house unique

You can relax and work at the same time here with the pool and high-speed Internet connection inside and outside of the rental units and around the pool. Both complimentary. You will be welcomed just like when you are going back to your hometown, where everyone treats you like their own family members. From this location, you can go to anywhere by bus easily.


Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Each unit/room at Casa de Megumi has a full bathroom with hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen bed, 1 twin-size bed in Casa Lantana; 1 queen bed in Orchid Room; queen-size beds in Buena Visa Room or two twin beds, One full-size sofa-bed in Casa de Lantana, if necessary.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
There are so many things you can do, having our place as your base: coffee tours, going to nearby beaches, visiting hot-springs, cloud forests, butterfly gardens, orchid gardens, many historic churches, San Jose downtown, craft town Sarchi, water falls, ocean adventures, Canopy tours, white-water rafting, and having your relaxing massage at home.


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average rating of 4.974684 based on 79 reviews
Allen, Texas

A small oasis in Atenas

  • 5 of 5

We chose this retreat due to its equal distance from San Jose and the coast. Each is no more than an hour away by bus (stops just outside the gate) or by car. The house is private and separate from the main house which is maybe 100 meters up the paved drive. Our hostess, who speaks English, Japanese and Spanish fed us the first night and showed us around town the next day in a whirlwind tour that included the best grocery. Security of the compound is paramount. The main house has tremendous views of the mountains with the Nicoya Gulf in the distance. Grounds-keeping is top notch and very lush. The climate was mild and the windows remained open throughout the day and night. Web service was reliable but slower than most US networks. There's no TV. This is a vacation, right? Another couple was there (very pleasant) and had returned over a period of years. I can see why. I'll go again. For those who want an environment where you're immersed in language and culture this is the place.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Definitely a tropical Haven Away from Home.

  • 5 of 5

Hisano is an amazing hostess! She was a great 'Mom', terrific sense of humour, made us feel comfortable, involved us in local socialization. activities & culture &, organized an educational, interesting coffee tour. She & Tela arranged for us to participate in a Latino dance, what we Canadians would call a 'barn dance', with a live local band. We discovered that Hisano is also a fun loving, entertaining dancer! A once in a life time adventure that followed, was to participate in a 2.5 km trail ride, with the Ticos, on dancing horseback. We were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time with the right hostess. Tela demonstrated how to harvest coconut water from trees in the yard. Yum, yum. Hisano helped us learn about local currency & was very concerned about our safety & health, ie) supplied purified drinking water. Hisano introduced us to the Farmers Market with absolutely delicious fresh fruits & vegetables so we could eat lots & yet loose weight. We learned about a 'balanced diet'!!! Her back yard has fresh lemons, oranges, avocado, pineapple, mango & a variety of medicinal herbs.This was a great place to spend our first week, of our four week vacation in Costa Rica. It helped to ground us as we adjusted from the Canadian cold. The property was kept clean with beautiful greenery & exotic flowers. The kitchen is fully equipped. The hammock is perfect for siesta, rest, relaxation, listening to birds & reading. The swimming pool was kept immaculate with slow release chlorine system. The climate was perfect. Daytime was warm, but comfortable, evenings were cooler for sleeping & there was always a refreshing breeze, night or day. There was no need to rent a car because the bus stops across the street. The bus driver even remembered where we got on & dropped us off accordingly. Behind the bus depot were amazing fruit & vegetable stands. We were surrounded by very friendly, happy people & happy roosters!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quispamsis,NB Canada

Perfect winter get away- a home away from home

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to put into a few short sentences how thrilled my husband I were with our host Hisano and our stay at Casa de Megumi. She is the gold standard of helpfulness and personal attention to ensure our stay was special and perfect in every way. From arranging airport pick up/delivery, to personal car tour of Atenas the first day, including shopping for groceries, bank, local eateries, bus schedule, daily check-ins to see if we needed anything, to suggesting area highlights to visit, best deals, door to door delivery of rental car, local hiking trails, providing a taste of fresh local cuisine and delicacies pool side and even entertaining us in her own home with other new guests as they arrive so that we are all very comfortable with each other. She even provided fresh limes, tangerines and mint from her own garden for our use!. Her property was well maintained with beautiful surrounding gardens, pool, beautiful sunset views, perfect for relaxing on the days we didn't want to travel around the country. We stayed in the stand alone small 2 bedroom cottage home ( Casa Lantanas) which had all the expected/promised amenities with weekly housekeeping by wonderful staff. With our busy travel/touring schedule, we hardly missed onsite TV. The weekly market within 1/2 hr walking distance and closest town of Atenas ( 10 min drive, 20 min bus ride or 1 1/2 hour walk overland if you're ambitious) provided us with all our immediate needs. Hisano, her son Mikel and all her staff were outstanding in every way. She has certainly achieved her personal goal of making us feel we are welcome in her home. We will definitely plan a return visit to Costa Rica including a stay at Case de Megumi and have recommended this to many friends already. If you would like to read more about our stay in Costa Rica, visit our travel blog

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ann and Don, Thank you so much for staying at Casa de Megumi VR as well as inviting your friends to join you all the way from Canada! You all are amazingly fun people; I still remember all of you four enjoying late afternoon pool-side parties, laughter, splashes in the pool, our shared meals and snacks looking out of our Casa Grande windows admiring the ocean-view sunsets, jokes, and of course that drink you made with our garden fresh lemon mint! Hope to see you again here at the pool side in the near future!. Hisano
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Best host ever!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Lantana during January 2017. The town of Atenas was inviting and easy to navigate. Hisano, our host, greeted us and helped us get everything into the rental house. She then took us to town to show us where everything was. And she took us into the grocery to make sure we were able to navigate and to help us translate package labels. We've traveled through Asia, Europe, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, and the south Pacific. We have never had the attention and service that we received here from Hisano and her son, Mikel.

Three of her rental locations welcomed new people at about the same time. To make us feel welcome and to introduce us to one another, she prepared a welcome dinner for us. She and her mother hosted our delightful evening and we were able to meet other travelers that we spent time with later in our stay.

The property is beautiful with a variety of trees and plantings -- including a banana-type tree and a tangerine tree -- we got to share in the bounty of both. Every 4 or 5 days a bag of tangerines would arrive. And Hisano brought us fried banana-type fruit when she made them.

The house we stayed in had plenty of space and everything we needed. We asked for additional pillows and another fan. Hisano not only got them for us, she made the pillows. Her personal touch made each day of our stay remarkable. She typically stopped in each day to see how we were doing and to see if there was anything we needed.

She helped us decide where to eat, where to shop, where to tour, and how to travel by public transportation. If she was going to town, she'd typically ask if we'd like to go or if she could get us anything. Her generosity was remarkable. We felt totally spoiled. It was wonderful.

I hope other travelers get to meet Hisano and stay at Casa De Megumi. Staying there was a blessing for us.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Connie, Thank you so much for staying with us and it was our pleasure having you both! I am very happy that you could accomplish both having a vacation and working online from our Casa de Lantana's large roofed patio! You two are truly location-independent professionals! We understand that having good WiFi connection is very important for almost all our guests, and I am so happy that you could accomplish all you wanted to do during your vacation/work trip this time. Our other guests, our family, and I really enjoyed meeting you both, learning how you both manage working and traveling life and listening to your amazing adventures in different countries. I hope we will have more chances to serve you again in the future. Hisano
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Fantastic Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Today is the last day of our extended stay at this beautiful property. We have enjoyed nearly seven weeks of the most gracious hospitality you can imagine.

We booked the Orchid Room Suite (the one bedroom Suite with kitchen, large bathroom and small sitting area with flat screen TV) back in August of 2016.

In September I was in a serious car crash. Fractured 7th Vertebra.

Knowing my partner had made this booking pushed me to try to be ready to make this trip.

It was the best thing I could ever have done.

With my Partner's help and the "Megumi" (means blessing, abundance and grace) of the owner, Hasino, I have succeeded in getting off the heavy pain meds and greatly improved my endurance.

Our Suite was just next to the beautiful swimming pool with a covered balcony. He and I spent many hours there...morning and evening...overlooking the great Central Valley of CR and gazing at the distant mountains...and surrounded by the beautiful flowers cared for by Hisano and her mother.

Hisano will arrange for all your needs...taxis, day trip bookings, etc., just ask. Every time she went to the Farmer's Market or to town she asked if we needed a ride. She also arranged for a rental car to be delivered and picked up here at the no additiona cost! (We rented for 1 week.)

And I can not close without remarking about the sparkling clean pool which I swam in almost everyday and the extraordinary attention to cleanliness of our Suite and ALL the property. Our housekeeper who cleaned once a week was always there with a beautiful smile, fresh flowers in our room, sometimes a surprise home cooked Tico lunch or any little thing we needed.

In short, a real haven, very reasonably priced in a great location for seeing the best of Costa Rica. We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pat and Joe, Thank you so much for staying at our place. It was our pleasure having you two and doing things together such as going to downtown Atenas and the produce market, and having a great time at our neighbor's party! And, thank you for being so kind to our dogs, especially to CoCo, who fell in love with you after you let her out from her nightly sleep in the garage, every morning. I am sure she will miss you a lot! She may bark early morning, looking for you from now on. And, we will miss our exchanges of your international food and my Japanese/Costa Rican food over a glass of wine, and singing together in the evening! We are so happy to learn that you have gained your physical strengths back while having been here. My mother remembers you two singing daily, being so happy at the pool side, and our dog CoCo being so happy to see you every morning at 6 am. I hope to see you again here in the near future! Hisano
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Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Megumi was the first stop of our journey around Costa Rica. Casa Megumi includes apartment in downtown Atenas and a house (Casa Lantana) and an apartment within 2 km drive from Atenas. We truly enjoyed spectacular mountain views, gorgeous landscape, lush vegetation, and very comfortable stay in Casa Lantana. We travelled with two small kids. Two bedrooms of Casa Lantana perfectly worked for us. House was exceptionally clean and welcoming. A big covered patio with a hammock and a table for four was our favorite place to hang out when we were at home. There is also a pool that our kids very much enjoyed.

Atenas served us a perfect base to explore central Costa Rica. We travelled to Carara National Park, Grecia, Sarchi, Zarcero, San Jose/ Escazu/ Alajuela.

Hisano is a great great host. She goes beyond your expectations to make your stay comfortable. She eagerly shares tips on getting around, transportation, buying groceries, money exchange, etc. She also helped us to Rent a car that was delivered to the house.

Highly recommend! Would definitely stay at Casa Megumi again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Natalia and the family, Thank you so much for staying at our place and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your month-long stay in Costa Rica. Nowadays we have some rain in the afternoon, so everything is lush green and beautiful. We have been pruning the large trees around the pool, and still doing some work on the property, so now, it looks so much more beautiful around the pool side where your family enjoyed spending time at. And, remember, we still have bananas and mangoes you enjoyed eating in this property. Hope to see you again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Juan Santamaria San Jose
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
In Rio Grande and more in Atenas downtown
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Ciudad Cariari, Santa Ana,
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway 27
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Many in Atenas, all around
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Playa Jaco, Playa Herradura, Playa Hermosa
Car: recommended

We have more than 50 kinds of birds in our property to see and the following can be arranged: bird-watching tours, zoo and butterfly garden tours, La Paz waterfall garden and volcano tours, coffee plantation tours, museums in San Jose, beach trips within an hour, canopy tours, art and craft tours, tropical garden tours, Orchid Garden tours, hot-spring tours, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Rates are subject to change until a reservation with the deposit is made. An additional $30.00 is required for departure cleaning fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund